Ministerio Hispano: Actualidades y Posibilidades

Register Now »


Many people have spoken about the growth of the Hispanic population in society and the Church in the United States. However, the importance of Hispanics cannot be reduced to their demographic presence! Contributions of Hispanics began centuries before the United States existed as a nation. Today, Hispanics transform the life of parishes, apostolic movements, liturgy and devotion, and the faith formation of our children and young people. This course analyzes the faith of Hispanics and the ministries in Hispanic communities. We hope that these sessions will enrich the faith and leadership of those who participate in this course. 


Unit 1: History
Unit 2: Parishes
Unit 3: Apostolic Movements
Unit 4: Liturgy and Devotions
Unit 5: Transmitting the Faith to the Next Generation

Required Texts

  • Matovina, Timothy. Catolicismo Latino: La transformación de la Iglesia en Estados Unidos. Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2013.

Recommended Texts

  • A New Beginning: Hispanic/Latino Ministry – Past, Present, Future / Un nuevo comienzo: Ministerio hispano/latino – pasado, presente, futuro. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012. This text contains key documents prepared by the USCCB about Hispanic ministry, including the most recent document by the bishops:  Encuentro y misión: Un marco pastoral renovado para el ministerio hispano (this document is available online).
  • Ospino, Hosffman, ed. Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future / El ministerio hispano en el siglo XXI: Presente y futuro. Miami: Convivium, 2010.

Course Requirements

  • Weekly reading of assigned texts and materials
  • Participation in class discussions in the forums (minimum of two comments, questions or responses each week)
  • Written assignment (between 150 and 200 words)
  • Weekly chat session (minimum 4 chats)

Time Required

  • 4 to 6 hours per week (this varies from student to student depending on learning style and available study time) 

Course Certificate

  • A Certificate of Completion awarding 30 Contact Hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.

Meet the Developer

Dr. Timothy Matovina

Timothy Matovina

Timothy Matovina has worked for more than thirty years with Hispanic communities. He has written numerous books and articles about Hispanics in the United States, covering topics such as history, theology, minstry and religious traditions. He also gives lectures about these themes in diocesan events and in pastoral institutes. He is currently Professor of Theology and Executive Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Course development made possible through a generous grant by the Our Sunday Visitor Institute.